HELP!
My cat is missing!

Use this checklist to help you in your search and this example poster to help you prepare your own.

OK Don't panic!

Cats are individuals and some like home life whilst others like to explore. Sometimes their exploration is local to home and sometimes it leads them further afield, sometimes for several days.

Whilst we don't want you to panic  take a second to think when was the last time you saw him or her and where and where does he or she usually go before collecting yourself together to begin the search.

However, we also cannot emphasise enough not to leave it for a few days or a week before being concerned about your cats disappearance. The longer you leave it the harder it is and your cat may be running out of water if locked in or in pain somewhere if it has been injured.

Cat Trackers
We recommend that rather than leave things to chance, there are many risks to a cat when its outside, you use a special cat tracker. This will help show you where your cat is, what its routine is and the territory it explores.  There are dozens on the market and you need to consider whether you want one that uses the internet or uses a radio frequency. 
Get in touch, our volunteers have used several and can give you an idea how they work to help you decide.  

Neutering
To help prevent cats from wandering too far from home please get them neutered. This will help stop the need for males seeking females as well as expanding their territory. The same goes for females in that they won't be looking for males.

Photos

Make sure you have some up to date photos so these can be used when you ask people and can show them what your cat looks like but more important you can use them for a leaflet to post through doors, put in shop windows and to send to us. It's far easier to identify a cat from a  photo than a description. 

Alert the vet and cat rescue organisations

Tell the local vet and send a picture and the same for your local rescue. Check rescue websites and social media to see if you can identify any of the cats advertised as the one you have found.

Advertising

  • Put posters on tree, local shops, neighbours, local notice boards of village halls, local paper, local radio
  • Social media is one of the fastest and quickest ways of advertising and you should use not only you​r own page but local community pages and local rescue groups including this one!

Searching for your cat.
Your cat may be locked in somewhere, may be hurt and unable to get home, or has had a fright and is too scared to come in.
Searching and calling are key to helping get them home along with posters. 

Collect whatever treats you know your cat cannot resist, and a torch if its dark, then start at places you know they may frequent. Don't call until you get there. When do walk slowly back home and begin calling and rattling those treats. Stop every few feet and give your cat time to sniff the air and get your scent and to respond as  they may be a distance from you and need to get to where you are. 
The idea is to get them to you or at least get them to follow you back home to their own territory.